Thursday 9 May 2019
Nektar - The Prodigal Son (2001)
The ninth album from this UK band.
The band was reduced to a trio with a lineup of guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, drums and vocals.
Roye Albrighton was back again on bass, guitars and lead vocals. That is the big positive on this album.
The band had been running around in the AOR land for the last albums. The Prodigal Son is another run around in the same landscape.
The music here is a mix of AOR, a bit harder rock and some hints of neo-prog. There is no references to the good old Nektar though.
I understand that bands want to earn some money after some hard years pleasing the critics, but not selling many albums. I am not convinced that making albums like this, an album among many similar sounding albums, was the right way to go.
Nektar has made a decent album. But it is still just that. A decent album and an album which deserve to be forgotten.